It is resolution season! It's a time of year where people decide what they will or will not do for the next 12 months. Lose weight, get organized, save more money, get out debt, go back to school, start a business, be nicer to family...etc
I used to be one of those people. To be honest, I only made resolutions because of peer pressure. Most people I knew were making resolutions that were so deep and meaty that I felt like I should try to do the same. I mean let's be honest. A resolution is just a fancy word for goal. I wish to God I was organized and disciplined enough to set up a plan for an entire year and then follow it. That is not my reality.
What usually ended up happening was that I would make this list, out of peer pressure, forget about the list, find the list, and then feel horrible and beat myself up for not having "stick-to-it-ness" or being "disciplined" enough to be consistant.
The result was a year of feeling condemned! What a way to spend the new year?!?!
A few years ago, I realized my personality type works better with a theme. Instead of just writing out a list of things I want to do, I'd ask God what theme He wanted me to focus on that year. I would still have goals I wanted to accomplish but those goals were wrapped in theme.
The goals then became the tools God used to help me live out my theme.
For example, in 2012, my theme was "O for grace to trust him more". This was a challenge to trust God especially when things get hectic and I can't see a way out. So when I started a business and trained for a 1/2 marathon, on top of teaching 9 fitness classes a week and being a wife and mother to young kids, I had to trust God that all these "goals" would be accomplished in a way that built my trust in God and his provision...oh yeah and not go insane!
In 2013, my one resolution is to "apply my faith".
Faith without works is dead says James 2:20. I don't know yet know what "goals" will challenge me to apply my faith this year. I do know that whatever the goal, its purpose is greater than the goal itself. Knowing that will cause to me to strive after that goal until it is met. I look forward to writing about it, struggling with it, and growing that much closer to God in it!
Happy New Year to you!
Father God, helps us not not strive after things that have no value because this world tells us we should. Teach us this year how we can each grow a little more like Christ in all the areas of life. Teach us to be satified in the path and at the pace that you have laid out before us. In Jesus name!